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Cardi B, Katy B, Ruth B: How to Tell the Bs Apart

These three singers share a one-letter last name, but that’s where the similarities end

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These days, it’s not a bad thing to be a total B. These three artists may share a one-letter last name, but their music couldn’t be more different. Below, EW sizes up the boldest stars on the B List.

RUTH B

Origin Story: The Canadian, 20, broke through with her six-second Vine for “Lost Boy,” which helped land her a major-label record deal and score a top 100 song on iTunes.

Latest Project: Last November’s The Intro EP features four sparse piano-pop tracks she wrote and produced herself.

Stream This: “Superficial Love,” a moving ballad about a relationship that’s only skin-deep.

Social Platform of Choice: Vine—duh!—where she does micro covers of Adele and Justin Bieber.

How Random Is This: “Lost Boy” was inspired by her favorite TV show, Once Upon a Time.

KATY B

Origin Story: The 26-year-old grad of England’s BRIT School—which counts Amy Winehouse and Adele as former students—broke through with 2010’s dubstep hit “Katy on a Mission.”

Latest Project: Last month’s Honey is a crash course in British club music, covering genres like house, drum-and-bass, and grime.

Stream This: The heart-pumping U.K. smash “Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)” with producer KDA and rapper Tinie Tempah.

Social Platform of Choice: She tweets with fans @KatyB.

How Random Is This: Her father competed in the 1976 Eurovision competition with German band the Les Humphries Singers.

CARDI B

Origin Story: The 23-year-old New Yorker joined the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York in season 6 and quickly became a fan favorite.

Latest Project: In March she dropped the Gangsta Bitch, Music Vol. 1 mixtape, a collection of menacing trap tunes hailed as the best music to come out of the Love & Hip Hop franchise.

Stream This: “Cheap Ass Weave,” her spin on Lady Leshurr’s viral hit “Queen’s Speech 4.”

Social Platform of Choice: More than 3 million people follow her endlessly quotable Instagram.

How Random Is This: She worked at a grocery store and a strip club before finding fame as a TV and Internet personality.